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2021

April

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As reports of anti-Asian hate crimes have escalated across the country in recent months, nearly two dozen students, faculty and staff in the Scho

Building on a long-standing partnership, Starbucks and Arizona State University are joining forces to create the ASU-Starbucks Center for the Future of

Improving solar power load management systems, turning waste into valuable products and teaching robotic swarms to coordinate are just a few of the areas students in the 

Across the Phoenix metropolitan area thousands of land parcels lay vacant. 

The ASU Graduate College has announced the awardees of the fifth annual Graduate College Knowledge Mobilization Awards.

A new study by researchers, including Arizona State University graduate student Maryse Biernat, verifies the age of one of the oldest specimens

Arizona State University employs many unsung heroes, like Paul Liddell, who devote their lives and careers not only to research, but to helping others. Liddell, an associate research professional i

Modern humans are the world’s apex predator. For tens of thousands of years, deep into the Stone Age, humans hunted and killed the largest animals on land and sea. How?

Last year, Michael McQuarrie was studying the street medics who supported the George Floyd protest

An advanced technology lab has moved its headquarters to the Innovation Zone at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus in Mesa.

Engineers and scientists can envision a future of increasingly productive interactions between humans and robots.

Observing its 20th anniversary, NASA’s 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter, the longest-lived spacecraft at the red planet, has helped locate water ice, find land

Donatella Danielli became the new director of Arizona State Univesity's School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences on Jan. 1.

Thirty years ago, clinical psychiatrist Jonathan Shay drew attention to similarities between the trauma experienced by Greek warriors, as documented in the epic poem “The Iliad,” and Vietnam vetera

Arizona State University, through Skysong Innovations, continues to achieve high rankings in technology transfer metrics.

Abba Gumel, Foundation Professor of mathematics in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at Arizona State University, delivered virtually the Ameri

Building a baby lab is no small feat, though its subjects may have some (small feet, that is).

According to Abhinav Acharya, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at Arizona State University, “a single form of

On March 13, 2020, former President Donald Trump declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency, thus marking the beginning of the pandemic for many Americans.

Elizabeth Lightfoot will become the next director of the Arizona State University School of Social Work on July 1,

March

Is there anything more experimental than a seed?

Planting something in the ground and seeing what grows there?

The din of construction on the northeast corner of Garfield and Fifth streets in downtown Phoenix will soon give way to a flurry of activity as the researchers and entrepreneurs who will inhabit ha

The time for the mercury to begin creeping toward the triple digits in the Valley is nigh.

While guidelines from the World Health Organization call for frequent handwashing, physical distancing and proper sanitation to limit the spread of COVID-19, a recent analysis shows how water

Editor’s note: This story was developed in partnership with TGen and written by Steve Yozwiak, senior science writer at TGen. 

In order to develop more effective drugs against a range of cancers, researchers have been investigating the molecular structure of many disease-linked enzymes in the body.

The news of the reignited war between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh region beginning in September left undergraduate student Jaxon Washburn feeling distraught.

Scientists from Arizona State University, who are a part of the Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and Exploration Analog (SUBSEA) program, have pioneered a new approach to the scientific

Nearly 2 million people experience a traumatic brain injury in the United States every year. Just as each person is different, their injuries present in different ways.

Of the many perplexing questions surrounding SARS CoV-2, a mysterious new pathogen that has killed an estimated 2.7 million people worldwide

Kansas is on the verge of putting into law major changes speeding up and expanding the process of granting occupational licenses to those already holding licenses fr

Arizona State University graduate Julie Roberts recently won first place in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) student e-poster compe

C. (Charles) Austen Angell took what was ubiquitous and made it appear exotic.

When rain began falling in northern Georgia on Sept. 15, 2009, little did Atlantans know that they would bear witness to epic flooding throughout the city.

American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI) Executive Director Traci Morris (Chickasaw Nation) is one of 25

Arizona State University Associate Professor Gary Moore and his research team seek to understand and advance the science of molecular materials for applications in transducing solar energy.

We now know what the wind on Mars actually sounds like — to a robot’s “ears” a

One of the world’s foremost experts in paleoanthropology, Yohannes Haile-Selassie, known for major fossil discoveries in the African Rift Valley and extensive scholarship in human origins science,

Sally C. Morton took the helm of the Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise on Feb. 1 as executive vice president.

Almost a year has passed since the last Arizona Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference was altered from an in-person event to a virtual conference, and Psi Chi at ASU Tempe is now accepting s

Arizona State University Assistant Professor Kerry Geiler-Samerotte was recently named a recipient of the

Deborah Helitzer got an early start thinking about health, fascinated from a very young age by why some people became ill while others stayed well. 

The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies is hosting an online peer-reviewed journal, known as the SHPRS Digital Humanities Journal, started by undergraduate students.

Nicolas Ilardi, a freshman in Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University, is a fan of procedural crime television shows such as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" so he thought it would

Arizona State University has announced the appointment of Jeffrey Kordower as the founding director of the ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative

In her first year at Arizona State University, first-generation student Kara Gardner was a molecular biosciences and biotechnology major in

Promising new research shows aerobic exercise may help slow memory loss for older adults living with Alzheimer’s dementia. 

February

As COVID-19 continues to make visiting college campuses a challenge for prospective students and families, ASU is stepping up and taking an innovative approach to allow students to tour ASU,

In the last 60,000 years, humans have emerged as an ecologically dominant species and have successfully colonized every terrestrial habitat.

Tracing back a ghostly particle from a star-shredding supermassive black hole, scientists have uncovered a gigantic cosmic particle accelerator.

There is a pandemic. State and federal authorities clash over the timing, policies and efforts to check its spread. Hot spots arise in cities and states with lesser restrictions.

Ancient alchemists dreamed of transforming base materials like lead into gold and other valuable commodities.

The Phoenix metro area is teeming with life going in and out of air-conditioned buildings, up and down paved roads and around a city that goes on for miles with lights when one flies over.

The Centers for Disease Control originally identified COVID-19’s first arrival in the United States as

Researchers at the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology (BSCEB) and their colleagues have bee

A new mineral has been named for Arizona State University Emeritus Regents Professor Carleton Moore, the founding director of ASU’s

Proteins are one of the major building blocks of life, and they carry out many chemical reactions related to life. This includes how the body interacts with disease-causing agents.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University has awarded a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) seed grant to the

As with many complex maladies, a deep understanding of Alzheimer’s disease has been elusive for the simple reason that a v

Matei Georgescu, associate professor in Arizona State University’s School of Geo

Almost all metals and alloys eventually corrode. For common things such as cars and metal gates, corrosion is just part of normal wear and tear.

In the early 1970s, Steve Graham was a long-haired free-spirit hitchhiking across America, trying to find himself.

A new process for inserting synthetic gene circuits into host cells, developed by a team of bioengineers at Arizona State University, has broad implications for improving the effectiveness of a ran

Ana Julia Narvaez, a 2003 biochemistry PhD graduate from what is now Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences, joined Moderna Therapeutics as the d

For decades, space and ground telescopes have provided us with spectacular images of galaxies.

Building on nearly two decades of unparalleled advancement, Arizona State University moved up to sixth out of 759 universities in the nation for total research expenditures among univers

A new Arizona State University study shows the dismal record of hiring Black head coaches in the NFL — a league in which three-quarters of the players are Black.

Sarah Lindstrom Johnson, an associate professor from ASU’s School of Social and Family Dynamics, works in partnership with youth serving organizations to support development and improve the environ

Ferran Garcia-Pichel wasn’t sure he wanted to be a scientist.

The open ocean is a harsh place for newborn fishes.

Humans are unusual because we cooperate with each other in ways that other animals do not.

Arizona State University associate professors of history Anna Holian and

Colleges and universities are vital for driving local economies for many U.S. cities.

Arizona State University will host this year’s American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting, the world’s largest general scientific ga

More than 6 million children in the United States have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

January

The world’s coral reefs are at risk.

To save them, we’ve got to see them — clearly, and in the “big picture.”

The pandemic has upended our daily lives and put millions of people out of work, emphasizing how much uncertainty exists when it comes to planning of any sort.

Science is society’s best method for understanding the world.

Boiling acid and sapphire crystals sound like the makings of mythological magic.

Recent headlines involving antitrust law have focused on government investigations into “big tech” companies, like Facebook and Google.

Early in his career, Anthony Fauci treated patients with AIDS before the disease had a name.

There is growing evidence that the environment can play an important role in mental health, yet research into the effects of environmental stressors rarely focuses on behavioral and mental health o

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine recently assembled an ad hoc committee that will conduct a consensus study on the causes and consequences of the opportunity gap for youn

The actual world of economic competition does not match the model of perfect competition that is the starting point for most economic analysis. Today, that is hardly a brash statement.

Rising college costs, skyrocketing student debt and increasingly out-of-touch curricula are leading more Americans to question the fairness and value of higher education.

Traditional robots are adept at specialized tasks in structured environments. For example, industrial robotic arms skillfully install windshields during vehicle assembly at an automobile factory.

Human females rely on aids like charting, test strips or wearable tech to identify periods of fertility, while some animals, like baboons, undergo obvious physical changes during ovulation.

Robotics may be the strangest of the hard sciences. 

Twenty-five faculty members at Arizona State University are researching the cutting edge of robotics.

Once regarded as merely cast-off waste products of cellular life, bacterial membrane vesicles (MVs) have since become an exciting new avenue of research, due to the wealth of biological information

From a pair of simple principles of evolution — chance mutation and natural selection — nature has constructed an almost unfathomable richness of life around us.

Who were the people being sacrificed in Mexico more than a thousand years ago? And why were they chosen for ritual violence?

More than 3,000 animal species in the world today are considered endangered, with hundreds more categorized as vulnerable.

“Earth is ancient now, but all knowledge is stored up in her,” the English author Jeanette Winterson wrote. “She keeps a record of everything that has happened since time began.

Bert Hölldobler (Hoelldobler), University Professor of Life Sciences, Regents and Foundation Professor with Arizona State University's Sch

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It is at the confluence of different experiences that new theories come into being.

An Arizona State University anthropology student is among a group of international researchers who this week published one of the first DNA studies of dire wolves — extinct canines that roame

Haunani Kane was raised at the base of Olomana in the coastal community of Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii, where she practiced traditi

Arizona State University was well represented at this year's Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM), the largest annual mathematics gathering i

Desert ecologists have a hard job. Their efforts to understand the workings of the natural world have never been more urgent.

Maricopa County residents realized a $4.85 return on investment for every dollar the county Parks and Recreation Department spent on operating costs at its eight parks in 2019, according to a

Frank Wilczek, theoretical physicist, Nobel Prize laureate and professor of physics at Arizona State University, has spent m

Around A.D. 1085, along the southern rim of Northern Arizona’s elevated Colorado Plateau, a volcano erupted, forever changing ancient Puebloan fortunes and all nearby life.

Beneficial molecules are everywhere in nature.

The Department of Psychology at Arizona State University is working to provide students from underrepresented populations with opportunities for hands-on research experience, which can be the first

Editor's note: This story originally appeared in the winter 2021 issue of ASU Thrive magazine. 

York, England, was founded by the Romans in A.D. 71. At about A.D. 200, the ancient Mesoamerican city of Teotihuacan was the biggest city in the world. And Phoenix was settled in 1867.

2020

December

ASU researcher Rick Gerkin has teamed up with two other neuroscientists under a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant aimed at developing inexpensive, at-home “smell tests” to help identify

A man steals another man’s property. The victim beats up the thief, and the thief retaliates by seriously injuring the other man’s hand.

A student team from Arizona State University has won the million-dollar XPRIZE Next-Gen Mask Challenge to redesign the face masks used to prev

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Perhaps that sauteed snapper you enjoyed last evening at your neighborhood restaurant was not snapper at all.

In order to survive, flourish and successfully reproduce, organisms rely on a high degree of genetic stability.

This year showed us the power of resilience.

The use and spread of disinformation — false or misleading information intended to deceive people — is being amplified and accelerated at an alarming rate on the internet via social media.

Three Arizona State University Department of Psychology graduate students are the newest recipients of the Sharon Manne Award, a scholarship that provides seed funding to allow students to co

On Dec.

Nancy Eisenberg has been a trailblazer in developmental psychology for over 40 years.

Coral reefs are one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet supporting an estimated 25% of all marine species.

Professor Tracy Spinrad from the School of Social and Family Dynamics spoke with PsyPost about new research published in the Journal of Experime

The cerebellum ranks among the least understood brain structures and for decades was thought to contribute to movement and coordination.

Social media and other technological innovations brought to market in recent years by the private sector have had a significant impact on national security.

It’s no coincidence that fish and chips is a staple meal in pubs across the U.K., a nation of islands surrounded by water.

A new collaborative effort between Arizona State University and the Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora (ITSON) will allow graduate students to participate in a hands-on, cross-cultural program focused

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Lindy Elkins-Tanton, director of Arizona State University’s Interplanetary Initiative and the principal investigator on NASA’s Psyc

Public interest technology is an emerging field. It serves to address social needs and challenges in society. So how should we develop this field that will be critical to our future?

Many proteins are required to maintain the structure, and to preserve the genetic integrity, of DNA. Sliding clamps are proteins that increase the efficiency of DNA replication.

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The Department of Energy has awarded Arizona State University physics Assistant Professor Siddharth Karkare a $300,000 grant to develop more intense electron sources.

A new system for measuring solar performance over the long term in scalable photovoltaic systems, developed by Arizona State University researchers, represents a breakthrough in the cost and longev

Arizona State University has been awarded a $12.5 million multiyear subcontract from the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNL), operated by Leidos Biomedical Research on behalf of

Think of a long, strategy-based board game. If you want to win Monopoly, you need a plan, and your path to victory depends on a series of sequential plays. 

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Just over one year ago the Arizona Department of Education, led by Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman, assembled the first-ever 

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Food insecurity is on the rise in Arizona as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially among Hispanic households, households with children and households who experienced a job disruption, accor

November

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Male CEOs who grew up in male-dominated environments are more likely to promote women into peripheral divisions of their companies and to give them less capital to run those divisions, according to

In workplaces across America, a new noise has become part of the familiar office soundscape: the whir of an electric motor that announces a co-worker’s rise from their chair to a standing position.

Just as our brains develop as we grow up, they can also decline as we age.

An interdisciplinary team of scientists using advanced imaging technology have answered the question of whether alligators share any of the same regenerative capabilities as much smaller reptiles.

Under a cloudless blue sky on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus, Craig Turner fired up a thin R2D2-looking device and shot

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The website shows rows of faces, many smiling, of Native American women and girls in Arizona who are gone — missing or murdered. No one has seen Jamie for over a year.

When Sally C. Morton was about 4 years old, her father would come home every night and ask her to count his change. It was a task she took seriously.

Why would a company moving into a century-old building that has never flooded need to cut a drain flap into its metal front door?

It’s the extra cost of doing business in Philadelphia.

Koop Bills is an Arizona State University senior in neuroscience and psychology who wants to pursue a PhD in cognitive neuroscience after graduation.

Storytelling is a tool that has been used cross-culturally for centuries as a means to teach lessons, express viewpoints and build communities.

Update: The Luminosity Lab team made the top five finalists after the public-vote period. The winner will be announced Dec. 15.

We all have our biases.

New research that employs curved origami structures has dramatic implications in the development of robotics going forward, providing tunable flexibility — the ability to adjust stiffness bas

Each year, the Graduate College solicits individuals and teams of faculty to help the Graduate College advance key initiatives that improve graduate curricula across the university through the Grad

Across America, hazardous waste sites pose an ongoing threat to human and environmental health. The most severe cases are known as Superfund sites, of which over 1,000 currently exist.

COVID-19 cases in Maricopa County are three to four times higher than testing efforts indicate, according to a recent antibody study.

National security has long been a driving force for technological innovation in this country.

When it comes to solving global development problems in communities, not all voices are heard.

In a recent announcement from NASA, 31 promising space technologies have been selected for testing aboard parabolic aircraft, high-altitude balloons and suborbital rocket-powered systems as part of

When Americans look back at the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most potent images they’ll recall will be the empty grocery store shelves.

Use-inspired research is a core value of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.

While health experts and government agencies across the globe continue to learn more about COVID-19 transmission and implement policies to curb its spread, a critical part of managing the dis

Our planet’s coral reef ecosystems are in peril from multiple threats.

The work to improve health and health care is ongoing and ever-evolving.

The NASA Astrobiology Program has announced the selection of eight new interdisciplinary research teams to inaugurate its

Arizona State University's Scott Sayres and his team have recently

Males of the extinct human species Paranthropus robustus were thought to be substantially larger than females — much like the size differences seen in modern-day primates such as gorillas, oranguta

Have you taken your temperature recently? Was it lower than the standard 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit? 

Anyone who has ever skipped a meal then lashed out at an unwitting significant other, bystander or retail clerk knows this important life fact: The hanger is real.

Among ways being explored to combine biology and engineering to remedy a range of growing global environmental problems, algae-based solutions look especially promising.

At the beginning of 2020, as COVID-19 spread, schools, bars and gyms shuttered; nonessential travel was restricted; and cities around the world implemented their own unique protocols to slow

October

Despite more than half the world’s population being online, the rules that govern the internet are still largely the Wild West.

For millions of years, viruses have participated in a far-flung, import-export business, exchanging fragments of themselves with both viral and nonviral agents and acquiring new features.

Growing up in Arizona, Gabrielle “Gabby” Lout was fascinated with the ocean.

While the continents of Africa and Europe have been obvious and fruitful treasure troves for exploration and discovery of our modern human origins, Asia has been somewhat overlooked.

Arizona State University has entered a new collaboration to further advance the Phoenix metropolitan area as an important hub of the global semiconductor industry.

You’re online and you get an email from PayPal asking to check your balance.

Nearly 75% of the world’s coral reefs are under threat from global stressors such as climate change and local stressors such as overfishing and coastal development.

There are a lot of factors that go into building a successful relationship, and money is one of the key aspects.

Arizona State University's Alexandra Ros has just received the Advancing Electrokinetic Science Electrophoresis Society Mid-Career Ach

Arizona State University's Geospatial Research Solutions, a professional services group housed within the

When electricity travels from its source to your home, it undergoes several conversion processes as it moves through the power grid.

In the search to discover the origins of our solar system, an international team of researchers, including planetary scientist and cosmochemist Jam

Scientists have long thought that rainfall has a dramatic effect on the evolution of mountainous landscapes, but the reasons for how and why have been elusive.

Good quality drinking water is crucial to public health.

After battling on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic most of the year, Arizona’s health care community paused on Oct.

Long lines of passengers waiting to go through

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Dinosaurs aren’t the only fossil game in town. In fact, anything from an acorn to a meteorite can be a fossil.

Looking to learn more about study abroad at ASU? Well, you’re in luck. Study Abroad Week is coming to a computer near you!

Quasars are the brightest objects in the universe and among the most energetic. They outshine entire galaxies of billions of stars.

History books often link disease and colonization, in which explorers unknowingly bring with them illnesses that spread to native people.

In order to carry out their astonishingly varied tasks, living cells make use of a range of micromachines.

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COVID-19 caused a pandemic, but the challenges we face from it extend far beyond the virus.

Arizona State University President Michael Crow honored members of the ASU community during the 2020 President’s Recognition Ceremony, which was held virtually on Oct.

Arizona State University Professor Geoffrey D. Borman has great empathy for middle schoolers.

The carcass of an albatross chick, covered in bottle caps. A dead sperm whale on a Scottish beach, stomach full of debris.

With elegant designs, tied together with fine lines and details that pop off the surface, Mimbres pottery is some of the most beautiful art of the prehistoric Southwest.

Domestic violence was already considered an epidemic long before COVID-19 impacted the world, but the pandemic has caused

Plenty of students at Arizona State University go above and beyond what is expected of them in pursuing excellence through their studies, but few can come close to Elisa Cardamone's recent accompli

When it comes to helping small businesses, Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson rank near the middle of the pack, according to a new Arizona State University study.

Jean Andino can never forget the wide-eyed look of shock on students’ faces.

Starting a business is complicated, and entrepreneurs must consider many factors when deciding where to set up shop. How long will it take to get approval? How much must employees be paid?

Scientists over the last 30 years have studied and documented hope as a strategy for success. And in recent years, higher education researchers have also taken an interest in the study of hope.

Four faculty members in Arizona State University's School of International Letters and Cultures have been selected to participate in the

H. Christian Kim has joined the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty at Arizona State University as the associate director.

2020 has been a year. While the nation may feel more divided than ever, it seems we can all agree on the unprecedented nature that this calendar year has brought us.

September

Imagine, deep in the tropical jungle of southern Mexico, the base of a mountain is visible across a smooth lake, otherwise obscured by morning mist.

Engineers and scientists envision a future transportation environment wit

Among high school students in the United States, cigarette smoking is down over 20% compared to the mid-1990s.

Professor Rebekka Wachter has spent nearly 20 years in Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences as an expert in the field of structural and functio

In January 2018, China stopped accepting most plastic recyclables from Western nations. Within days, there was no hiding just how much plastic nations were producing and consuming.

The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University has announced the appointment of four new faculty members whose diverse backg

The era of the television brought with it the TV dinner — a fast, convenient meal that, while nutritionally questionable, meant the whole family could gather together on the sofa to enjoy "The Ed S

As the world manages through the coronavirus pandemic, Arizona State University continues its work to discover and develop easier and more widespread COVID-19 testing to a

More than $300,000 from the Charlene and J. Orin Edson Initiative for Dementia Care and Solutions was awarded to three Arizona State University research teams for innovative research projects.

Thirteen new faculty members joined The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences natural sciences division at Arizona State University this fall, bringing a wealth of knowledge on a range of topics inc

Ferran Garcia-Pichel, Arizona State University professor and researcher, has been awarded the 2021 D.C. White Award by the American Society for Microbiology.

Carbon, one of the main building blocks for all life on Earth, cycles among living organisms and the environment.

Twenty-nine years ago, Karen Gallagher could have been mistaken for any other wide-eyed kid on the Highline Community College campus in Des Moines, Washington, stumbling her way through the first w

Designer babies, mutant mosquitoes and frankenfoods: These are the images that often spring to mind when people think of genome editing.

The Hispanic Research Center at Arizona State University is home to an extensive collection of work by Hispanic artists.

The field of structural biology has made enormous strides, peering into the activities of nature at the tiniest scale.

Often considered the workhorses of the body, proteins are among the most important biomolecules critical to life processes.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sicken people globally, countries and companies around the world are racing to develop safe and effective vaccines.

Traffic is a hassle. Everyday drivers endure the tedium of gridlock induced by road construction or accidents at intersections. Hence the hope for a future driven by autonomous vehicles.

On April 25, 1954, Bell Labs announced its latest invention, a silicon solar cell, at a press conference in Murray Hill, New Jersey.

Scientists at Arizona State University and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have identified stellar phosphorus as a probable marker in narrowing the search for life in the cosmos and have de

The Princeton Review has named Arizona State University one of the Best 386 Colleges in its 2021 rankings,

The potential health implications of living next to a sewage plant are pretty obvious, but what about living in a neighborhood with no sidewalks?

For billions of years, nature has used DNA like a molecular bank vault: a place to store her most coveted secrets — the design blueprints essential to life.

An impressive array of architectural forms can be produced from the popular interlocking building blocks known as Legos.

In today’s world of big data, billions of data points are collected every day via smartphone apps, fitness trackers and wearables about our decisions, habits and travel patterns.

Males and females share the vast majority of their genomes. Only a sprinkling of genes, located on the so-called X and Y sex chromosomes, differ between the sexes.

Strong social ties are a key driver of cooperation in many species and are associated with adaptive benefits in several of them, including humans, feral horses and dolphins.

As harmful atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to increase, understanding the planetary carbon balance has become the single most important scientific question.

This month, AZBio announced that two of their annual awards will go to outstanding Arizona State University researchers — Joshua LaBaer a

A major collaborative effort that has been developing over the last three years between Arizona State University and European scientists has resulted in a significant technical advance in X-ray cry

Researchers at the College of Health Solutions will study the effectiveness of a program designed to reduce sitting at work in a $

Heather Mellquist Lehto, a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, earned national recognition for a three-part series documen

Even before the current recession, ex-offenders faced bleak economic prospects. R

A 13-million-year-old fossil unearthed in northern India comes from a newly discovered ape, the earliest known ancestor of the modern-day gibbon.

As K-12 schools prepare for reopening, coronavirus safety protocol isn't the only issue that school officials are debating.

A team of scientists from Arizona State University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), led by Hao Yan, ASU’s Milton Glick Professor in the School of Molecular Sc

When your field involves scholars originally trained in one of nine major disciplines, how do you promote interdisciplinary research around pressing social problems?

Over the course of his 40-plus years in electrical engineering, Arizona State University's Michael Kozicki has amassed a long list of distinguish

Every internet user knows what it’s like to search for an item and then see ads for that item popping up endlessly afterward.

What people think of the scientists who advise the federal government partially depends on their own political persuasion and where the scientists work, according to

Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University are embarking on an ambitious project to better understand the prevalence and spread of COVID-19 cases in the c

Konden Smith, who graduated from Arizona State University's School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies in 2012 with a PhD in religious studies with an emphasis in American reli

Academia wasn't the path Kathleen Vogel expected her career to take. She believed her interest in science policy and science and technology studies would lead to a position in government.

A federal government contest created to expand solar energy manufacturing in the United States has awarded its grand prize to a startup venture from the Ira A

A fire is sweeping through a small town putting people’s homes and lives at risk.

In the weeks leading up to the start of the fall 2020 semester, Arizona State University was busy preparing its classrooms, installing equipment for the new

August

Exposure to fake news about climate change may impact people's belief in human-caused climate change and weaken their perceptions of the scientific consensus on climate change.

When COVID-19 hit, the nation went from historic lows in unemployment and seemingly boundless economic growth to a near standstill economy.

Enduring organizations, like universities or hospitals, that are rooted in a specific location play vital roles in their neighboring communities and economies. 

The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies is announcing a new initiative to promote the study of racism and racial relatio

A team of scientists from Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences and the Biodesign Institute recently published a study in

In July, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced it was awarding $30 mi

As summertime’s wildfires char swaths of the western United States' forests, Stephen Pyne, an Arizona State University professor emeritus, prolific author and self-proclaimed “smokechaser at heart,

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Division of Humanities at Arizona State University is pleased to welcome two American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Emerging Voices fellows. 

Arizona State University President’s Professor Ariel Anbar has been awarded the

Every hour, the sun saturates the earth with more energy than humans use in a year.

Arizona State University has been rated in the top 1% of institutions of higher education worldwide, according to the Center for World University Rankings.

A team including Wei Liu, assistant professor in ASU’s School of Molecular Sciences and the Biodesign Institute’s Center for Applied Structural Discovery, publish

The National Academy of Inventors has named three Arizona State University faculty members to the August 2020 class 

How do odors wafting in the air, from fragrant fruits to foul stenches, guide and change behavior?

Providing meticulous care of the human heart means having an accurate cardiac model on which to conduct disease modeling, drug testing and other research.

ASURE is looking for students’ innovative solutions for the Arizona National Guard to increase brand awareness and recruit top talent.

More than half of the world's aboveground carbon is stored in tropical forests, the degradation of which poses a direct threat to global climate regulation.

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects a specific area of the brain — the substantia nigra.

It’s the night before the marathon. You’ve been training for months and now it’s go time. What’s for dinner?

Some students dream of living in a different country.

On the surface, studying abroad is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime way for students to enhance their college experience and engage immersively in an international community. 

“Any exercise is good, but some are better than others for living longer,” said ASU’s Connor Sheehan.

If engineers are going to improve the quality of life in the communities they serve, the field must reflect the diversity of those communities.

Resource fishes — species targeted for human consumption — play a key role in reef ecosystems long before they end up on the dinner table.

New Zealand is home to an astonishingly rich web of life, with many indigenous plant and animal species found nowhere else on Earth.

Artificial intelligence, or AI, promises transformative innovation for transportation, manufacturing, health care and education. It may also bring freedom from tedious tasks.

Students often cite studying abroad as the highlight of their academic career and a crucial moment in helping them gain a more nuanced view of the world.

Arizona State University anthropological geneticist and Regents Professor Anne Stone spoke with The Washington

Communities are often defined by the space they take up or the marks they make.

The ongoing protests over racism in the United States have fueled conversations about the role of policing, including demands for officers to focus on “de-escalating” situations before they become

Using some cosmic detective work, a team of researchers has found evidence that tiny pieces of asteroids from the inner solar system may have crossed a gap to the outer solar system, a feat once th

A U.S. Department of Energy award is empowering a new center at Arizona State University to create a more resilient and sustainable electricity grid with the use of next-generation materials. 

Cities generate the vibrant energy of society.

Even though it may sound as if studying abroad has no downsides, many students consider their options and, ultimately, count themselves out of studying abroad for one reason alone: the cost. 

For some students, going abroad for a full semester may not be realistic, with balancing a packed course load in the fall and spring semesters, working through the semester and other academic

A large number of the valley networks scarring the surface of Mars were carved by water melting beneath glacial ice, not by free-flowing rivers as previously thought, according to

Studying abroad may not seem like a feasible option for students trying to juggle graduating on time, extracurricular commitments and working through the semesters to pay for tuition, but tha

July

ASURE has been awarded a contract that could total as much as $42.4 million over the next five years to advance unmanned and robotic technologies and weapons sys

A majority of the world's population lives on low-lying lands near the sea, some of which are predicted to submerge by the end of the 21st century due to rising sea levels.

Introduced by her friends as “the ocean person,” Katherine Ball has spent much of her life near the water.

Arizona State University has been ranked in the top 10 “Best Buy” public schools in the 2021 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges, the only Arizona school to make the li

To help companies safely move their employees back to the workplace, Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions and the World Economic Forum, with support from the Rockefeller Foundatio

Amalie Strange graduated this May with bachelor’s degrees in biological sciences and Spanish from The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, but she’s not ready to say goodbye to the world of academ

A small Belize village has safe drinking water even though supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 nearly rendered the island of 

Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, an esteemed alumnus of Arizona State University's Department of Physics, died July 18 at the age of 57.

Arizona State University Regents Professor Gary Keller, a lifelong advocate for underrepresented students, died July 15 at the age of 77.

Arizona State University graduate student Swarup Dey has been awarded the 2020 School of Molecular Sciences Innovation Award for his invention, which creates a DNA nanosensor that mimics transmembr

Neal Woodbury, interim executive vice president of Arizona State University's Knowledge Enterprise and chief science and technology officer, has been named chief executive officer of Science Founda

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our everyday routines and has left many industries unsure about the most effective way to move forward with their summer internship programs.

The TV hurricane report was wrong and Randy Cerveny knew it.

New research from Arizona State University and Stanford University is augmenting meteorological studies that predict global warming trends and heat waves, adding human-originated factors into the e

We all know that exercise benefits us physically, but ripped abs and a healthy heart aren’t the only advantages to hitting the gym.

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the world, the research computing centers at Arizona State University,

The Institute for Humanities Research has launched a new event series titled “Adaptation, Resiliency and Care” to offer support to the ASU community during the coronavirus.

A love of foreign cultures and a desire to help others inspired an Arizona State University global health alumna to study cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa.  

A generous gift from Arizona State University alumna Sharon Manne has funded an annual fellowship that will allow three psychology graduate students to pursue their own research projects on h

Soil erosion is a growing worldwide challenge.

Global average sea surface temperatures have risen at unprecedented rates for the past three decades, with far-reaching consequences for coral reefs.

For years, Arizona State University has been recognized globally for its top-ranked academic programs, and 2020 is no different.

On June 30, 2020, over 1,700 professionals, from fields ranging from academic institutions to federal state and local government agencies, attended the unique and timely webinar "Becoming an Antira

Scientists worldwide are working overtime to understand the myriad impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As public attention has turned to systemic inequities in institutional cultures like those in police forces, medical care, school systems and food production, some researchers at Arizona State Univ

Students in the Arizona State University Luminosity Lab have created two versions of a low-cost, small-scale sterilization unit that is effective on general personal protective equipment, including

For a long time, Matthew Broussard has wanted to understand how childhood trauma can lead to substance abuse in adults. 

As the coronavirus continues to surge across the United States, there is little doubt that the pandemic has upended American life as we know it.

2020 is the year food banks’ support became more critical than ever.

June

Apparently, lightning is more than just a flash. 

Editor's note: As Arizona continues to battle COVID-19, please follow social distancing and face covering guidelines in public at all times, including playgrounds.

When the spread of COVID-19 shifted from a looming threat to a full-blown pandemic in March, the Center for Accelerating Operational Efficiency (CAOE) at Arizona

Human adaptation is a unique combination of maturing and learning slowly from childhood to adulthood, the development of complex production skills and the establishment of cooperative sociality. 

An eye-opening book about children working in their parents’ street vending businesses has earned honors from the American Sociological Association. 

Throughout California, the effects of climate change are evident, from increasing frequencies of intense wildfires and mudslides to widespread and prolonged droughts.

A team of astronomers has released the largest collection of sharp, detailed images of debris disks around young stars, showcasing the great variety of shapes and sizes of stellar systems during th

For some children, screen time before bed translates to less sleep.

Arizona State University Executive Vice President and Chief Research and Innovation Officer Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan has been named the 15th director of th

The Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at Arizona State University was founded on the belief that ethical behavior can create better a

Dario Gurrola has spent thousands of dollars and several years of his life trying to realize his dream of becoming a full-time firefighter in California.

Researchers show disparities in COVID-19 response through access to water.

Customer service is worse than ever and more people are enraged about it, according to a new Arizona State University survey.

Alzheimer’s is a disease marked by many grim statistics.

Sharks are among the most threatened animals in the world, and more people than ever now want to help.

Researchers now have a better understanding of how the first people moved to and through the Caribbean.

Oxygen first accumulated in the Earth’s atmosphere about 2.4 billion years ago, during the Great Oxidation Event.

Before the threat of the novel coronavirus sent us all home to shelter in place this spring, limiting our face-to-face interactions to just a few members of our immediate household (if we were that

Protective face masks are key to Arizona State University and other schools and organizations reopening because their use significantly decreases coronavirus spread.

A team of researchers led by Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration Professor

Arizona State University religious studies doctoral candidate Mulung Hsu has been awarded the

Discrimination knows no boundaries. Unfortunately, the fields of STEM are no exception. STEM fields have been plagued by structural and systemic forces that have been highlighted by recent events.

Flaky, crispy, paper-thin bread. Primarily made from blue corn flour, juniper tree ash and water, piki is maize flatbread and a staple of traditional Hopi cuisine.

In the middle of a global pandemic, it’s clear the world is intensely interconnected.

Over the past 200 years, the population of the United States has grown more than 40-fold to an estimated 328 million, with 81% of the population living in an urban area.

For years, physicists have pondered the existence of gravitons — microscopic particles believed to transmit the gravitational force.

What happens in the hippocampus even before people attempt to form memories impacts whether they remember.

A team of researchers, led by astrophysicist Sumner Starrfield of Arizona State University, has combined theory with both observations and laborator

May

Arizona State University history Professor Calvin J.

It’s 2040. You are on the first team to settle on Mars. You live in a habitat that has been designed by the finest minds on Earth.

Early in the response to the pandemic, localities hard-hit by COVID-19 invited medical professionals working in more fortunate places to temporarily relocate and help treat afflicted patients.

An Arizona State University anthropologist and his colleagues are helping an indigenous group in Bolivia understand and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What to do. You're a dog. Your owner is trapped in a box and is crying out for help. Are you aware of his despair? If so, can you set him free? And what’s more, do you really want to?

Karen Anderson has found that reminding students of the big picture is key to their success.

Tropical forests contain some of the most biodiverse and dynamic ecosystems in the world.

Social animals — from primates to yellow-bellied marmots, dolphins and more — can help us better understand the role social interactions play in health and mortality, not just within their own spec

Genes are more than blueprints for building organisms. They are also vessels of memory.

Two Arizona State University professors have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an organization that was formed in 1780 by John Adams, J

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many employees out of the office into their homes.

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Imagine two children, Lucas and Gabby. They are both 4 years old and come from bilingual households. Lucas’ parents read to him every night. They talk about the books they read together often.

Last year, Arizona became the first state to recognize other states’ occupational licenses for people moving in.

Grasslands across the globe, which support the majority of the world’s grazing animals, have been transitioning to shrub lands in a process that scientists call “woody plant encroachment.”

Lauren Dickman was recently honored with the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, and graduated in May with her PhD in applied mathematics from the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences.

Archaeological sites on the far southern shores of South Africa hold the world’s richest records for the behavioral and cultural origins of our species.

Sarah Arrowsmith, a scientist and lab coordinator with the Arizona State University Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotech

Standard-of-care treatments — chemotherapy and radiation — remain at the forefront of cancer therapy, but in light of the high rate of recurrence and treatment failure still observed for most cance

A bright idea developed through the Ira A.

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Editor's note: As of May 11, America’s reopening has begun, just weeks after the coronavirus had the country on lockdown.

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John Vant, a graduate student at Arizona State University’s School of Molecular Sciences and the Biodesign Institute’s Center for Applied Structural Discovery, wa

Recent discoveries by two research teams in the Ira A.

Undergraduate students in Arizona State University's Ira A.

Being diagnosed with cancer is always alarming and too often, grim. An ancient disease, cancer is still with us, though treatment options remain limited, painful and frequently unsuccessful.

David Pijawka is an expert in many things, but as many will attest, he is a master of one: An undeniable dedication to service for others. 

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A globalized world requires global citizens, and Arizona State University's Center for Asian Research has been at the forefront of preparing students fo

Siblings are no strangers to the occasional quarrel. But add the stressors of a quarantine and social distancing and you have a new recipe for confrontation.

People in midlife can be parents, grandparents, caregivers for aging parents and breadwinners — all at the same time.

Hydrogen is an essential commodity with over 60 million tons produced globally every year.

Experts are warning that the coronavirus outbreak could devastate remote indigenous communities around the world.

Global manufacturing has entered a new era. Some people call it smart manufacturing or Industry 4.0.

One day last July, Ariane Middel and two other Arizona State University researchers headed west on Interstate 10.

As the coronavirus pandemic has swept across the U.S., in addition to tracking the number of COVID-19 daily cases, there is a worldwide scientific community engaged in tracking the SARS-CoV-2 virus

In an effort to halt the spread of coronavirus, more countries are exploring the use of a wide range of technologies for the purpose of digital contact tracing, that is, leveraging personal d

Whether there is life elsewhere in the universe is a question people have pondered for millennia, and within the last few decades, great strides have been made in our search for signs of life outsi

Many people are staying at home as much as possible, avoiding mass gatherings and practicing social distancing. They haven’t shown any symptoms that would indicate they have COVID-19.

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April

Arizona State University Associate Professor Garth Paine has been awarded a patent for a device his research lab developed t

It has become increasingly clear that, depending on the computer model used, either we could still be in the midst of the pandemic with rising numbers of cases and deaths or we could be nearing the

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“I learned early in my life that anything I set my mind to, I could do,” said Brenda Hogue, professor and researcher at Arizona State University

People work to advance technology, often for the benefit of safety and security.

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In November 2019 — and likely, even earlier — a tiny entity measuring just a few hundred billionths of a meter in diameter began to tear apart human society on a global scale.

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On April 24, 1990, aboard the space shuttle Discovery, NASA launched and deployed the most significant advance in astronomy to that point, 

Within weeks of arriving on the world stage, SARS-CoV-2 has managed to encircle the globe, leaving illness, mortality and economic devastation in its wake.

A treasure trove of information relevant to human and environmental health is hiding in an unexpected place.

Earlier this month, geographers from around the globe congregated online for the first-ever virtual American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting.

The Environmental Humanities Initiative of the Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University is collaborating with the University of Texas Humanit

In 2015, world leaders agreed to establish 17 objectives aimed at achieving a better world by 2030: among them, an end to poverty and hunger, clean water and energy, gender equality and decent work

Humans willingly incur costs to punish selfishness in others, and our societies are likely more cooperative as a result.

Experimental condensed matter physicists in the Department of Physics at the University of Oklahoma and an electrical engineering professor at Arizona State University have developed an approach to

Doctors and health care workers in hard-hit areas of Michigan have been begging for assistance as they struggle to treat gravely ill patients.

Astrophysical observations have shown that Neptune-like water-rich exoplanets are common in our galaxy.

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The American Council of Learned Societies awards fellowships to humanities and social science scholars each year, and this year A

Arizona State University has responded to the coronavirus crisis by ramping up a massive initiative to design, produce and distribute critically needed personal protective equipment and other medic

In college, Kelsey Lucca became obsessed with how animals think. Now, she spends her days working to understand how people think. 

A lot of people know that ants live in the ground, build ant hills and lay down invisible chemical trails. Temnothorax rugatulus does none of that.

If you’ve spent time in national parks or state recreational areas, you’ve likely seen warnings about the spread of invasive species.

Who wrote Malcolm X’s autobiography? The obvious answer is Malcolm X.

But, according to Keith Miller, it’s not that simple.

Leonardo da Vinci called water “the driving force of all nature.” Indeed, it is common knowledge that it is an essential, life-sustaining element.

Accuracy is extremely important for cancer radiation treatments.

Whatever changes to life, social norms and civil and economic liberty that COVID-19 ultimately leaves in its wake, there's one potential outcome that many would like to see: the end of 

Last April, Arizona became the first state in the nation to enact universal licensing recog

COVID-19 is not the end of the world, and that’s what we should be telling our children, said two Arizona State University lecturers with the T.

Hope isn’t a word that’s getting tossed around much these days.

The Arizona State University-led NASA Psyche mission, which is planned to launch in 2022, will travel to an asteroid named Psyche, orbiting the sun between Mar

Researchers at Arizona State University are harnessing the power of technology to track and predict trends in everything from disaster response to epidemic outbreaks in real time, using data collec

News that Stephen Albert Johnston’s published approach to cancer prevention is one of 2019’s most downloaded papers in cancer research is testam

Scientists have long been able to measure and analyze the fossil skulls of our ancient ancestors to estimate brain volume and growth.

March

A $2 million donation in emergency grants from the Virginia G.

Arizona State University has to date earned 15 National Science Foundation early faculty career awards for 2020. The awards total $9.5 million in funding for ASU researchers over five years.

No stranger to resistance, Regents Professor Aditi Chattopadhyay has forged her own path in aerospace engineering to design resilient materials c

The demand for doctors and nurses has been growing for years, but it’s never been more urgent since the sudden arrival of the COVID-19 virus in the U.S.

A shock felt across the state, responses to the current spread of the novel coronavirus have changed ev

Arizona State University Professor Rebecca White recently co-authored a study on the negative impact of recent immigration policy changes on Lat

Police officers’ use of excessive force — as well as the resulting legal outcomes — have shaken communities across the United States.

The Utah Legislature just passed 

Editor's note: To stave off the stay-at-home blues, Devoney Looser is also participating with other scholars and Janeites (including ASU alumna Amanda Prahl) in VirtualJaneCon, a free, on

Editor's Note: To stave off the stay-at-home blues, Devoney Looser is also participating with other scholars and Janeites (including ASU alumna Amanda Prahl) in VirtualJaneCon, a free, on

Late at night, a lone scientist in the lab smacks their forehead and — voila! — an amazing solution to a problem coalesces, right?

Already considered a global epidemic, human obesity continues to be on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 40% of the U.S. population is considered obese.

“Baby Shark,” the viral children’s song that became the

On March 3, the Graduate College hosted its annual 

An Arizona State University online history class has been encouraging students to unplug from their computers and go out and see the ways history has affected modern society.

The future’s getting brighter for solar power.

Worldwide, more girls than ever before are participating in organized sport.

Currently, nearly a third of the food produced in the United States never makes it to the grocery aisle — creating a huge waste problem.

Tularemia is a rare but often lethal disease.

What does the behavior of ground squirrels tell us about how people act in different societies? 

What is the Earth made of? What kind of meteorites accreted together to form Earth?

Could studying cat behavior hold the secret to explaining biological physics? The idea certainly inspires Arizona State University's Fiona Naughton. 

February

Nanotechnology is a hot topic in the engineering world.

Workforce patterns are constantly changing, and they are not easy to predict.

In Pondoland, on the east coast of South Africa, Erich Fisher, an Institute of Human Origins research scient

What Frank Baumgartner shared with students at Arizona State University’s School of Politics and Global Studies 2020 Kramer Lecture on Friday, Feb.

Rainy skies couldn't dampen the spirits of those who braved the weather to attend ASU's Open Door on the Tempe campus Saturday. 

We don’t always think about the insect world buzzing below our feet. But the health of those tiny, complex societies gives us important clues about the health of the planet at large. 

Arizona State University and Creighton University have announced a new partnership that will give ASU students more options to pursue degrees in the health sciences, contributing to the growing nee

The MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday announced that two Arizona State University projects are among the highest-scoring proposals, designated as the Top 100, in its 100&Change competition for

For Taylor Notah, a trip to the Arizona State University archives brought the past immediately into the present.

The National Academy of Inventors has named Arizona State University professors Neal Woodbury and

Arizona State University's Global Security Initiative is expanding its efforts to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals for the ca

Sara Brownell, an associate professor of undergraduate biology in Arizona State University's School of Life Sci

Christina Birkel, an inorganic chemist and assistant professor in the School of Molecular Sciences at Arizon

In thousands of cases each year in courtrooms across the U.S.

At the world’s largest general scientific meeting, Arizona State University researchers, faculty, staff and students gathered with colleagues to tackle some of society’s grand challenges as part of

The Cuatro Ciénegas Basin, in the Chihuahuan Desert in Mexico, was once a shallow sea that became isolated from the Gulf of Mexico around 43 million years ago.

Innovation emerging from research labs makes for intriguing headlines. But sometimes it is the lab itself that is being innovated.

Imagine you are a U.S. ambassador, and a new government has been installed in your host country. Your job is to help ensure free and fair elections, which are under threat.

Artistic expression has always been a catalyst for discussion in society.

In preparation for its annual meeting, the American Association of Geographers, a global network of leading researchers, educators and practitioners in geography, recognized a select group of indiv

Just as a cotton gin separates cotton fibers from seeds, separation methods for complex biological samples are often required to ferret out targets of interest for researchers and physicians.

One of the most audacious initiatives since the creation of the first university more than 1,000 years ago began in the Yucatan jungle in 2004.

When Nancy Grimm walked through the woods as a child, she wondered how it all fit together and worked: the rain, the soil, the plants, the chemistry. She saw it was a system. But how?

Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is among five recipients selected from across the country to receive an award to conduct a 2020 National Endowment for t

It was a soul-sucking job at a bank that helped to set Blake Ashforth on the path to a distinguished career as a researcher at Arizona State University, where he studies the psychology of work.

Arizona State University's Interplanetary Initiative will celebrate the grand opening event of its new lab Feb.

Her office bookcases were half empty, with dozens of volumes already in boxes on a table in her soon-to-be former office, as Cassia Spo

This Valentine’s Day, Arizona State University’s Athena Aktipis wants you to think about how love can turn you into a zombie.

Arizona State University is again one of the top 20 universities that produced students and faculty members who won the prestigious Fulbright award, according to

Small changes can make a big difference.

There’s just something about a good, old-fashioned family drama that never fails to captivate an audience.

In an age of intensified public debate about the role of police officers, more law enforcement agencies rely on evidence-based policing to help officers perform their duties.

Arizona’s economy is strong, but it will require investment in research at the state’s three public universities to grow enough for the future, according to the colleges’ presidents.

Some 3 billion years ago, tiny organisms known as cyanobacteria helped create an oxygen-rich atmosphere on Earth.

It may not always seem so, but scientists are convinced that humans are unusually cooperative.

Protein separation, purification and concentration play a huge role in understanding and treating many serious diseases as well as the development of biological tools, including biosensors.

In July 1945, as the end of WWII approached, an electrical engineer named Vannevar Bush, who had overseen government research during the war, put forth a report at the request of then-President Fra

Knowledge seekers had quite a treat on Saturday as Arizona State University's West campus showed off its labs and learning spaces at the first of four free ASU open houses this month. 

January

We live in a data-driven world. Thanks to the ever-connected climate made possible by the internet and mobile personal devices, we are both creators and insatiable consumers of information.

During the past decade, the gene editing tool CRISPR has transformed biology and opened up hopeful avenues to correct deadly inherited diseases.

Every mother wants to give her newborn the very best start.

Arizona State University School of Arts, Media and Engineering assistant professors Suren Jayasuriya and Robert LiKamWa have been awarded the

More than 3,100 people in Arizona died from firearms from 2015 to 2017 and 71% of those deaths were suicides, according to a

With six major active-duty military installations, the most innovative university in the nation and branches of companies like Boeing, Raytheon and General Dynamics calling the state home, Arizona

If Arizona State University’s Michael Edwards had a slogan for his research, it would be a statement made popular by the British statistician

Looking to give your research a boost?

One university, multiple locations and a plethora of research projects, but what exactly is happening in the classrooms and labs at Arizona State University?

At age 4, Michael Varnum sat on his front porch wondering why he liked his best friend and chocolate ice cream.

A new coronavirus that emerged last month in China and has claimed the lives of 17 people and infected approximately 540 others has the country on high alert.

From working to save Hawaiian coral reefs during the 2019 Pacific Ocean warming event to empowering hundreds of students and researchers with data from the largest constellation of satellites curre

In an article, Ross Emmett, director of the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty and professor of political economy in the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona S

They might not yet speak in complete sentences, but 18-month-olds are savvy when it comes to deciding when and how to try.

The dwarf planet Ceres is the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Dental plaque — the stuff that your hygienist is always scraping off your teeth — holds a treasure trove of your DNA and, if not cleaned off occasionally, will build up and remain on your teeth lon

Researchers have long understood that corruption and illicit activity play a role in global environmental and sustainability change, but due to its hidden and dangerous nature, quantifying th

Leaders in science, engineering and medicine from the United States and the Middle East gather annually for the Arab-Ame

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If you jump out of bed too quickly, you might feel a bit light-headed.

Earth in its distant past was very different from today.

Deep below the Earth’s surface lies a thick rocky layer called the mantle, which makes up the majority of our planet’s volume.

Cells are the building blocks of life, but in order to generate life-sustaining energy, they need to breathe.

2019

December

Looking to make those healthy changes stick in the New Year? An Ira A.

Arizona State University Professor Steve Pressé was recently awarded more than $2.5 million from the National Institutes of Health as pri

Two new fellowship opportunities invite scholars and doctoral students living outside the Phoenix area to Arizona State University in support of their research exploring the diverse history of the

A picture of a crying child with a boot pressed against his face is frightening.

Research on global biodiversity has long assumed that present-day biodiversity patterns reflect present-day factors, namely contemporary climate and human activities.

A programmer at a prestigious IT company was ducking out of meetings, taking calls that didn’t exist, hiding in the bathroom, and missing responsibilities.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall

Assistant Professor of religious studies Shamara Wyllie Alhassan has been named the winner of the

One guaranteed part of dealing with computer systems is that hardware problems happen.

Record population growth is causing concerns among African governments for widespread youth unemployment in the coming years, especially in rural areas where poverty is high, employment opportuniti

The moon is thought to have formed 4.5 billion years ago after a planetary embryo known as “Theia” collided with proto-Earth (Earth at an early stage).

Tropical forests are the most biologically diverse ecosystems on our planet, harboring an estimated 3 million to 50 million species.

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Imagine a smartphone app that can identify whether your pet is a cat or dog based off a photo. How does it know? Enter machine learning and an unimaginable amount of data.

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Popular Science magazine has given one of its top accolades to a device developed by Arizona State University researchers that can pull carbon gas from ambient air.

Whether it’s finding ways to make cities more livable, or studying how human activity impacts the natural world, geographic research at Arizona State University explores nearly every aspect o

The X-Men’s Professor Charles Xavier uses Cerebro to read minds. Arizona State University’s Gi-Yeul Bae “reads minds” by decoding the brain’s electrical activity.

Across the globe, caring for loved ones is what matters most. But for decades this has not been the focus of many social psychology studies.

For the first time, scientists have developed a method to monitor carbon emissions from tropical forests with an unprecedented level of detail.

November

As several states address criminal justice reform and recidivism, Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering a policy change to the commonwealth’s occupational licensing laws, which currently forbid ex

Can insecticides, industrial and commercial pollutants, antimicrobials, heavy metals and air pollutants contribute to the onset of Alzheimer’s?

The air, earth and water of our planet are pulsating with living things. Within it, a vast and diverse web of life exists, about which almost nothing is known.

Scientists at Arizona State University and the University of Toronto have developed the first direct gene-circuit-to-electrode interface by combining cell-free synthetic biology with state-of-the-a

Obesity is the single largest cause of diabetes. And the advice to solve it is often the same: Get off the couch. Hit the gym. Run around the block.

Arizona State University continues its ascent in the national research rankings, rising to No.

Arizona State University’s Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety received a new grant to evaluate a program that will train police in the emergency treatment of opioid overdoses

College admissions ask a lot: a standout essay, a high grade point average and stellar standardized test scores.

It is nearly impossible not to view screens on a daily basis: Phones, tablets, smart watches — we can check social media, send texts, respond to email and watch Y

Arizona State University Professor Carol Lynn Martin contributed to a groundbreaking new study on transgender and cisgender children’s developmen

The oldest living organism on Earth is a plant — Methuselah, a bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva, pictured above) that is more than 5,000 years old.

Veterans in Arizona are at more than twice the risk of the rest of the population of dying by suicide, according to new information from Arizona State University’s Center for Violence Prevention an

The first map showing the global geology of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, has been completed and fully reveals a dynamic world of dunes, lakes, plains, craters and other terrains.

To study the swiftness of biology — the protein chemistry behind every life function — scientists need to see molecules changing and interacting in unimaginably rapid time increments: tr

Arizona State University has received five prestigious Department of Energy awards totaling $9.8 million, ranking it first among all university recipients and second overall for this year’s

Researchers from ASU’s Biodesign Institute, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Illinois, report that they have successfully simulated every atom of a light-harvesting structure

Political corruption can breed distrust among citizens, but it turns out to be bad for businesses as well, according to recent research by an Arizona State University professor.

Four faculty members from Arizona State University received grants from the Flinn Foundation to further their bioscience research.

Regenerative medicine promises to revolutionize medical care at its most basic foundations. But fulfilling its potential requires advances in multiple branches of science and engineering.

Assistant Professor Abhishek Singharoy from Arizona State University’s School of Molecular Sciences and the Biodesign Institute’s Center for Ap

For human males (usually in their 20s), appealing to a potential mate often involves body spray, long stints at the gym and conspicuous bottle service at the club. 

A new research study has revealed that larval fish species from various ocean habitats are now being threatened by plastic pollution that infects their nursery habitats — at levels on average

After a long day, most people choose to unwind by watching television.

Judging others is a very human behavior. Stigma — treating people with specific traits as unwanted within society — is a particularly harmful manifestation of that.

What happens when technology advancements threaten to automate people’s jobs?

The ability to transform sunlight into energy is one of nature’s more remarkable feats.

Arizona State University astrobiologist and physicist Sara Imari Walker of the School of Earth and Space Explor

Some of the most innovative and groundbreaking research at Arizona State University is taking place in indigenous communities and on reservations around the Copper State and beyo

Viruses are all around us — they are present in most environments, lying in wait for the optimal host, and they even reside within our bodies, whether we know it or not.

How do scientists discover better and more efficient drugs? A good starting point is to obtain atomic level structural information about the drug molecules and the proteins they interact with.

Nobel laureate and physicist Richard Feynman wrote in 1965, “I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.” Quantum mechanics is now much better understood, and recently in th

Michael Sheppard is a former Navy special operations combat medic and current PhD student in engineering education systems and design in the Ira A.

The latest Arizona State University recipients of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists recently met to showcase their wide-ranging research and thank many of the donors who made the

The U.S.-Mexico border is in sharp focus today, but scholars and community members local to the region know the delineating line separating the two countries is the result of a long history of shif

Between 1910 and 1970, the African American population of Arizona grew from 2,000 to over 54,000, according to a new exhibit on display at Arizona State University’s School of Human Evolution and S

During the first flickering of life on earth, ribonucleic acid (RNA) occupied center stage.

October

Amid the zoo of biomolecules essential to life, enzymes are among the most vital.

The way we see ourselves — cheerful, cool, daring — often translates into the products we buy, which in turn creates a “personality” for the brands we consume.

Faye Farmer, executive director of Research Development in Knowledge Enterprise, has been elected to the board of directors for the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORD

Arizona State University has a long history of supporting those in uniform, but the stance became university tradition in 2011 after the first Salute to Service was held to celebrate active duty mi

A Sept.

You might have spotted one rummaging through a garbage can on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus, or perched high above your head on Palm Walk.

Millions of people around the world are working on making the push into space. Blue Origin is testing landers in the west Texas plains.

Research that is helping regional communities solve their wastewater pollution problems has earned Otakuye Conroy-Ben a

Sabrina Oesterle, previously a research professor at the University of Washington (UW), has been appointed director of the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC) in the School of Social

A team of scientists, including Efrem Lim, a virologist at the Arizona State University Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics  and a

An Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia diagnosis impacts more than just the person receiving it.

People have a number of reasons for adopting plant-based diets, from improving their health to concerns about animal treatment to a desire to minimize their carbon footprint.

The United States has always been in the race to be the best; only now, the race has more competitors. The U.S.

Water is essential to life. Without it, humans can survive for only days.

One of the foremost Swedish universities recognized Arizona State University Graduate College Dean Alfredo J. Artiles with an honorary doctoral

When something boosts your mood, your brain releases neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin.

Thousands of scientists are hard at work across the country, but their innovations don’t always make it out of their labs.

There's an insidious threat that seeks to divide the nation and undermine our faith in democracy — disinformation.

Technology is hurtling forward, and a policy group at Arizona State University is working to make sure that tribal nations across the country are not being left further behind.

An important part of Peter Crozier’s job involves watching dances. He views these intricate performances through state-of-the-art, high-powered microscopes because the dancers are atoms.

Arizona State University psychology graduate student Victoria Woner is traveling to Chicago this week as a winner of the prestigious Society for Neuroscience Trainee Professional Development Award.

These jeans still fit.

I could do that abstract painting.

I could take that guy.

They go together like milk and cookies. Peanut butter and jelly. Batman and Robin. Disease and mosquitos. Wait, what?

Eliminating barriers to learning is at the heart of the ASU 

Alexandra Navrotsky is back at Arizona State University and the ribbon has been cut to open the center where she will do her next great work.

A research team from the MIPT Center for Molecular Mechanisms of Aging and Age-Related Diseases collaborated with colleagues from the U.S.,

Alexis Hocken did not have many female STEM role models to look up to gro

Odds are that someone in your immediate circle is dealing with breast cancer, given that it affects 1 in 8 women in the United States. Simply being a woman is the single largest risk factor i

We humans like to think we invent things, but in a lot of cases, nature did it first.

A team of undergraduate researchers at Arizona State University spent a year mining and analyzing data to produce a first-of-its-kind report that ranks 115 cities in three countries on how easy it

An expert in remote sensing and GIScience, Soe Myint has been selected as the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Environmental Studies to invest

One in four suicides in Arizona are related to violence involving an intimate partner, according to a new report from Arizona State University’s Center for Vi

A recent study published in “Circulation,” the journal of the American Heart Association, concludes that having a dog is associated with a lower risk of death in humans, especially in humans who ha

With organizations the caliber of Mayo Clinic, TGen, the Flinn Foundation, Arizona BioIndustry Association and the state’s universities, Arizona boasts a multitude of talented scientists, health pr

A new research project spanning five universities in three countries and led by Arizona State University will work to improve solar cell technology and look into new uses for photovoltaic devices.

If you could travel back in time 3.5 billion years ago, what would Mars look like?

The challenge of designing a synthetic artificial cell has been accepted by a team of researchers from institutions across the country, including Gi

A PhD student at Arizona State University who is finding a way to clean water with light will get the chance to present her research on a global stage after she won the Falling Walls Lab event on F

We’re quickly outpacing the abilities of the current generation of wireless communication technology, commonly known as 4G.

A newly discovered mineral, navrotskyite, has been named after Arizona State University Professor Alexandra Navrotsky for her significant contr

For more than a decade, scientist Stephen Albert Johnston and his team at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute have pooled their energ

Over the summer, Arizona State University's School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning invited seven students to participate in the inaugural Urban Equity

Sediment samples, collected from the ocean floor, have unlocked scientific mysteries around the world.

Catalysis is an essential component of industrial chemistry and the economic and societal benefits of catalysis are almost incalculable.

Arizona State University has been one of the top producers of students who win the prestigious Fulbright award to travel overseas, and this year, the university has engaged even more people in the

The Pitt Hopkins Research Foundation announces its first-ever human clinical trial to attempt to eradicate the severe gastrointestinal effects of Pitt-Hopkins syndrome (PTHS), a rare disorder cause

What’s better than spending a hot Arizona summer working in a cool basement?

Human behavior over time has been extraordinarily complex; that's partly why so many different fields exist to study it.

Human behavior over time has been extraordinarily complex; that's partly why so many different fields exist to study it.

September

A community garden occupies a diminutive dirt lot in Phoenix.

Menstruation may be a taboo topic to bring up in social settings, but it happens to roughly half of the population of the world.

At one time or another, we were all scientists. There is a reason a child’s first questions include: “What is it?”, “Why?” and “How?”

In a new study, Arizona State University Biodesign Institute researchers reveal that a lifelong dietary regimen of choline holds the potential to prevent Alzheimer's disease.

Weather is active, moving and constantly changing. It's intriguing to watch as storms develop on the horizon.

Kinesiology junior Cassaundra Gomez was sitting in BIO 102 last spring at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus when she first learned about a unique opportunity.

Researchers at Arizona State University are busy making preparations for a “first light” experiment — a pivotal moment that will lead to ASU becoming the birthplace of the compact X-ray free electr

Without the human body, sport as we know it would not exist.

A dermal regenerator was the medical tool used to repair spaceship crew members’ wounds on the science fiction TV show “Star Trek.”

Effective diagnosis and treatment of disease draws on painstaking research, which often relies on biological samples.

Professor Paul Hirt wears many hats at Arizona State University as well as in the community: active public speaker, lecturer and facilitator.

When Aristotle coined the phrase, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” he may not have been referring to composite materials — but ceramic matrix composites, or CMCs, embody this princ

Knowing someone who has been deported could make children more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with or screened for a developmental disorder, according to the findings of an interdiscipl

Marine biologist Beth Polidoro did not always aspire to be a scientist. She first wanted to be a reporter, covering wars and human rights abuses across the globe.

Deep within the subterranean confines of Building C — the latest addition to the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University — a pathbreaking machine is quietly taking shape.

Until recently, if you wanted to make a map of a coral reef, you had a lot of options, all of them bad.

Roughly 5.8 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, and by 2050, that number is expected to increase to roughly 14 million.

Earth is enormous, and while humans have done a decent job of being able to map out the boundaries of countries and states, the roads in our cities and the location of geological sightseeing destin

Were archaeology to be defined solely by the movies, you’d assume it involves traveling to exotic lands and stealing ancient relics.

Nowadays, you don’t have to look very hard to see the power of big data.

Nearly half of physical therapy patients are age 65 and older.

In today’s health conscious community, kombucha is all the rage.

Securing enough energy to meet human needs is one of the greatest challenges society has ever faced.

Across the country, more than 10,000 regulations restrict people with criminal records from obtaining occupational licenses, according to a database developed by the American Bar Association.

Wildfires are widespread across the globe.

August

For L. Benjamin Rolsky, a 2006 undergraduate alumnus in history and religious studies, his passion for research is practically a genetic trait.

Hollywood has always imagined the arrival of beings from other worlds as the cause to run through streets screaming, call up fighter jets, or, when all else fails, send in Tom Cruise.

The U.S. Department of State and the J.

How are people’s political beliefs organized, and what leads them to subscribe to certain beliefs?

Responding to steady growth in English and film and media studies programs and to Arizona State University's 

Editor's note: Be sure to check back on ASU Now for this developing story, and the website Hawaiicoral.org as we provide f

When researchers examined the mitochondrial DNA of Ötzi, a man entombed in ice some 5,300 years ago, high in the Tyrolean Alps, they made a startling discovery.

Last week, scientists began the first human clinical trials using the gene-editing tool CRISPR to combat cancer and blood disorders.

As any grad student can tell you, science can involve horrible jobs: combing through poo, flensing carcasses, any number of “pipette monkey” tasks.

Each year, the city of Tempe recognizes one individual or organization as a “Bike Hero” — highlighting the work being done in the community to increase awareness and promoting bicycling as a viable

The 2019–20 school year is about to begin, and with new beginnings come new faces on the Arizona State University campuses.

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named Terry Alford, Devens Gust and Andreas Spanias as senior members for

Getting involved in research as an undergraduate can have significant benefits, such as enhancing a student’s ability to think critically, increasing their understanding of how to conduct a researc

Anyone in the metro Phoenix area can fish in urban lakes and ponds and eat the fish they catch. The only thing required is a Class U (Urban) fishing license, which is $16 for the year.

Undergraduate global health student Mariyah Dreza spent her summer researching mental health in Guatemala and along the way had the opportunity to speak to an audience of local undergraduate studen

Consumers have increasingly become victims of telephone scams — including the recent proliferation of Social Security number suspension ploys — to gain access to their personal information.

In high school chemistry, we all learned about chemical reactions. But what brings two reacting molecules together?

More than a hundred years after they were first identified, two ominous signposts of Alzheimer’s disease remain central topics of research — both formed by sticky accumulations of protein in the br

Ramona Melikian was born into a global family. 

From hair and eye color to how our biological system is regulated, the blueprint of life is held in the genome.

Editor's note: Aug. 11 marks the end of "the dog days of summer," the most sweltering days of the year.

Since the military became an all-volunteer force in 1973, there has been an increasing gap between civi